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"The Al Franken Show," a televised version of the political humorist's weekday program on Air America Radio, begins its second season on Sundance Channel on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 11:30pm. The hour-long version of Franken's daily radio show (weekdays 12:00--3:00pm) will air Monday through Friday from 11:30pm to 12:30am ET/PT; the series is slated to run through the end of 2005. Each episode will repeat the following day at 2:30am and 7:00am.
The three-hour Al Franken radio show will be filmed daily at the new Air America Studio in New York City and then edited to an hour for broadcast that same night. Franken's co-host is veteran radio and print journalist Katherine Lanpher. The first season of "The Al Franken Show" aired on Sundance Channel from September 7 to November 5, 2004.
Hosted by Grammy and Emmy® Award-winning humorist and best-selling author Al Franken, the program delivers fearlessly irreverent commentary on the political events of the day, as well as interviews and comedy segments. Guests on Franken's radio program have recently included Sen. Barak Obama, Michael Kinsley, Bobby Kennedy Jr., G. Gordon Liddy, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Lou Dobbs, Jared Diamond, Seymour Hersh, Dan Savage, Barney Frank, Christine Todd Whitman, Senator Lindsey Graham, Tina Fey and Meg Ryan. In December, Franken broadcast the show from Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Air America Radio launched on March 31, 2004 in five markets. Just over a year later, Air America Radio is heard on 53 stations nationwide, including 15 of the top 20 markets, among them New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Al Franken is an Emmy® Award-winning writer and producer, best-selling author and Grammy Award-winning comedian. Four of Franken's books have made the New York Times' Bestseller List, including number one bestsellers Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right and Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: and Other Observations. Franken was one of the creators of the groundbreaking late-night television show "Saturday Night Live," and was a writer and performer on the series from 1975-1980 and 1985-1995. He received four Emmy® Awards for his writing on "SNL," and a fifth for producing. Franken's popular "SNL" character Stuart Smalley formed the basis of the 1995 comedy Stuart Saves His Family, which he wrote and starred in. Franken's recording of his book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: and Other Observations garnered him the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, and last year he won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, for his recording of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.
Katherine Lanpher, the co-host of "The Al Franken Show," was the host of Minnesota Public Radio's "Midmorning" for nearly six years, and transformed the show into a statewide phenomenon. Her print journalism has been featured in publications ranging from the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press to the New York Times.
"The Al Franken Show" is produced for television by Borderline Productions. Executive Producers are Adam Pincus and Laura Michalchyshyn for Sundance Channel, Billy Kimball for Air America, and Mala Chapple, Dave Hamilton and Nick McKinney for Borderline Productions. Al Franken will be Co-Executive Producer.
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences.